{honolulu} city eats

August 17, 2017

Honolulu is really known for it’s food. And finally you get a chance to see just some of the delicious foods my mom and I got a chance to try while staying in Hawaii’s capital. We found that there were many, many cheap noodle places. We also encountered various locations that sold ready-made bento boxes including in food courts and the supermarket. With the strong Chinese influence in Hawaii and its large Chinatown, we also got some very delicious dumsum, too. It was so great to get a chance to eat our way through Honolulu … yummy!

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
OAHUdowntown capital sitesart museum of the statesunset shadowhistoric pearl harbormoana’s public beachmoana’s tall fall

A Oahu-style photo adventure:

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A couple months ago, a friend and I were in New York City and were craving Asian food. We decided to try this noodle place called Tasty hand-pulled Noodles Inc – not the most creative name, pretty much sums up what they are known for. They offer both dry and soup noodles. We shared one noodle dish – the dry duck pulled noodles. I love hand-pulled noodles because the texture of the noodles is different than your ordinary boxed noodles and much more chewy! The noodle texture and flavor was good! Unfortunately, they were too greasy for our liking. I know Chinese food can be greasy, but I had higher expectations for this please. I would definitely go again and perhaps try the soup noodles – maybe those would be less greasy.


Not a very original name


Way-too-greasy duck noodles

About 9 months ago, a decent ramen place finally opened up in New haven! Mecha noodle bar actually has a couple locations in CT, and I had gone to the one in Fairfield, CT last year. I was so excited to hear they were opening a restaurant in New haven! I have since gone a couple times as it is walking distance from where I live. The serve all kinds of Asian noodles from pho to Japanese ramen. They also offer small dishes such as buns, egg rolls, dumplings, etc. Everything I have tried there has been quite stellar and affordable. I plan to return several more times during my time in New haven.


A yummy bowl of ramen and Korean fried chicken bun!

{new haven} zinc

June 14, 2017

My mom and part of my family were here on the east coast last week, and since it was close to my mother’s 60th birthday, we decided to take her out to a nice restaurant in downtown New Haven. I have walked by this restaurant called Zinc countless times before – always looked a bit fancy for me. But since it was a special occasion, we decided to try it out! There are now many farm-to-table type restaurants now, but Zinc had a special twist on this – they also had a fusion-like concept. Everything we ordered was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and tasted great! Sometimes at nice restaurants, they are skimpy on their portions, however zinc offered perfectly sized portions of food. They change up the menu every so often, and I will definitely be back to try more of this delicious goodness!


Asian fusion – dan dan noodles


Indian fusion – paneer dish


Perfectly raw tuna


Perfectly cooked salmon


Black cod with mussels


They also gave us a free appetizers – flatbread with a sort of Asian vinegette dipping sauce.

It’s a bit strange that since I’m Asian you’d think I would eat more Chinese food. I mean, I do know how to make a fair amount of different foods, and especially living in San Francisco you’d think I’d eat more Chinese food simply because I have access to it all the time. In fact, eating Chinese food is quite the rare event for me. Recently, I finally did get a chance to try Wonderland, which is only about 2 blocks from where I live. I had heard that this place is pretty good especially since they have many tofu and vegetarian options (including meatless chicken). I will say, the food here was quite good and considering it’s so close, if I were someone who ordered Chinese food more, I would definitely have this place on my short list of favorites!


Kung Pow Tofu


Salt and Pepper Meatless Chicken